As April is National Stress Awareness Month, we’re bringing you our top tips for anyone feeling stressed-out. Whether you can go camping or not, the great outdoors is an instant stress reliever and just what the doctor ordered!
1. Get your stress under control with our tips below
2. Talk to others about their mental health and stress levels
3. Learn healthy habits to combat stress year-round
Before learning how to combat stress, its useful to understand what it is and how it’s triggered. The NHS states that stress is the body’s reaction to feeling threatened or under pressure. Sometimes a little stress can motivate us to achieve the demands of daily life, but when there’s too much stress, it becomes a problem.
Causes of stress can include ill health, difficulties in relationships, problems at work, trouble sleeping and many more. Each individuals stress capacity is different so something that may cause stress to one person could be something other people can handle easily.
It can be hard to recognise stress when you’re moving through life without pause, so take a few minutes to mull over these signs:
Don’t panic if you feel any of these things; it’s normal to go through periods of stress. The most important thing is that you try to reduce your stress levels. The list below could be helpful.
Getting outside, whether it’s out of your home or work environment for just 20-minutes is an instant stress reliever. Walking is a gentle exercise that can really help improve mood and decrease feelings of stress. Exposing your lungs to fresh air, and the scents of flowers and plants, can help to relieve stress and anxiety and stimulate the senses in the process – all helping you to feel more alive and happy.
When you’re stressed binge eating and drinking can become a habit. Eating nutritious foods and watching your caffeine and alcohol intake is a great way to make your body happy from the inside out.
To make sure you’re sticking to your healthy habits, spend some time planning. You can plan and even prepare your meals in advance to prevent you from grabbing fast food during the day. Here are some of our favourite camping meals for inspiration. You can also plan your breaks from work and when you’ll be taking some time away from screens to give your eyes a break.
Creating a routine or setting reminders to do things can be helpful. For example, you could set an alarm to remind you to take a 10-minute break from work each hour or to have a drink of water. Set aside some time in your day to get outside.
In the winter months, it’s easy to hibernate away from the daylight but, one of the best things you can do for your mental health is to ensure you’re getting some daylight hours. Sit by a window or take your coffee break outside.
Originating from Japan, forest bathing encourages you to be outdoors in nature, to improve your mental or physical health by using your senses to soak up the special atmosphere. It’s all about taking in your surroundings and enjoying the environment around you, appreciating the small things.
When you can get out and go camping, switching off your mobile phone is a great way to go back to basics and reconnect with nature. You can do the same thing at home too. There are apps that can limit the amount of time you spend scrolling through social media. This brings us onto the next point…
This could be something like reading or playing an instrument or something more creative, like knitting or learning calligraphy. Hobbies are a great way to feel a sense of achievement and double as a way to fill gaps you’d normally spend scrolling on your phone.
Some things that are causing you stress may be within your control, things that you can politely say no to. Whether this is additional responsibilities at work or social commitments, it’s okay to decline things that have a negative impact on your mental health.
Spending time doing an activity with a loved one or a pet is a great way to take your mind off the outside world. Schedule in some time to have a video call, go on a walk or watch a film and try to enjoy being in the moment.
So, what are you waiting for? Use some of these measures in your daily life to start taking control of your stress levels today. Need something to look forward to? Book your perfect camping adventure now and enjoy all that nature has to offer for a stress-free holiday. View our campsites.
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